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Fortnightly bin collection plans

Plans are being made to extend fortnightly bin collections in Exeter across more parts of the city, the city council's leader says.

Many areas have moved to collections of household waste one week and recyclables the next, but about 18,000 homes still have weekly collections.

A consultation is to be carried out on moving another 10,000 households from weekly collections.

Council leader Adrian Fullham said the move would encourage more recycling.

Of the city's 46,000 households, nearly 30,000 are already on fortnightly collections.

Councillor Fullham, who was working with a collection team in Exwick on Friday, said: "There may be concerns, but the vast majority of the city is on the new collections and there are no major issues involved in it.

"And if it's a way of reducing waste and there are environmental and financial benefits for the citizens of Exeter, then I think that's worth investigating."

With other changes, including waste bags being put in front of houses rather than back alleys to speed up collections, overall savings could be made of up to £100,000, the council said.



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